A One-String Pen-Sized Guitar That Almost Plays Like the Real Thing

They're not as awkward to transport as a piano or a cello, but guitars are far from being the easiest instrument to travel with. And if air guitar never really satisfies your desire to play while away from your instrument, this pen-sized single-string playable guitar might be a better traveling companion. » 4/28/14 8:01am 4/28/14 8:01am

Gibson's New Audio Cable Automatically Records Everything You Play

Ensuring that no spontaneous but memorable riff ever gets forgotten, Gibson has teamed up with Tascam to create the next-generation of audio cables that actually records everything being played on an instrument, for up to eight solid hours on a single AA battery. It's like a dashcam for catching musical accidents you… » 4/23/14 4:20pm 4/23/14 4:20pm

A Drum Machine In a Guitar Pedal Is a Genius Idea

Drummers are the worst, but for guitar players, the options are limited. You either get a drummer or deal with a bunch of extra gear to replace a drummer. Which is why Beat Buddy, despite its really unfortunate name, is a totally intriguing. It could be the simple hands-free drum machine guitar players have been… » 1/14/14 6:00pm 1/14/14 6:00pm

How the Electric Guitar Was Invented

For as far back as we are able to look into the prehistory of the human race, music has been a crucial part of the life of humans. Some scholars even speculate that human music may have come before language. From the beginning, people living in little groups sang and danced to self-made music. Drums and pipes were… » 10/29/13 8:00am 10/29/13 8:00am

Behold the Spectacle of 14 Guitars Played By an Arduino-Powered Army


Sound art is a term that's almost always cause for concern, but this elegant installation by artist Ruben Dhers is gloriously captivating. In "Playa," 14 guitars lying under a tangled canopy of wires are listlessly strummed by an orchestra of 31 fabric-clad DC motors conducted (in the musical sense) by an Arduino… » 10/04/12 5:40pm 10/04/12 5:40pm

Amphones Help You Shred In Silence If Your Neighbors Are Jerks

"If it's too loud," the saying goes, "the neighbors are going to call the cops and screw up your late-night shred session." In an attempt to solve this eternal conundrum, the guitar amplification specialists at Vox have teamed up with the headphone geniuses Audio Technica to create Amphones. Yes, guitar amplifier… » 9/18/12 1:44pm 9/18/12 1:44pm

Magnetic Guitar Picks Eliminate Free Rock Concert Souvenirs

Bad news for those of you who splurge on front row concert tickets in hopes of snagging a musician's lost guitar pick. These plastic MagnetaPicks incorporate a thin magnetic neodymium disc that lets them securely stick to any metallic surface—from guitar strings to microphone stands— so they're next to impossible to… » 8/28/12 3:20pm 8/28/12 3:20pm

This Is the NYC Factory Where Legendary Guitar Tone Is Made

Even if you're not a guitar nerd, you know what Electro-Harmonix's Big Muff guitar pedal sounds like. Since 1969 it has been the dirty fuzz coating countless guitar solos and backing tracks on songs by everyone from Santana to Dinosaur Jr. Today, Electro-Harmonix hand-assembles and tests 75 different effects pedals… » 5/17/12 2:20pm 5/17/12 2:20pm

Tabber Will Teach Shredding Essentials with a Light-Up Fretboard

It's easy to make fun of Guitar Hero now that the craze is over, but one thing is for sure: It created a new enthusiasm for the guitar as an instrument, in these days of DJs and remix artists. We've seen a rash of startingly innovative new ways to teach people how to play the guitar, from the Rock Prodigy series to … » 2/13/12 9:00pm 2/13/12 9:00pm